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thrift store finds – st. susanna’s rummage sale finds

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on June 23, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

St. Susanna’s Catholic Church here in Mason is had its’ yearly rummage sale this month. In past years, this has been a good thrifting experience for both Ellen and myself. Here’s a couple of our collective finds from last weekend:

Masters of the Universe Battle Tank (Mattel)

I picked this toy up for $1.50. He-Man and the Masters of the Universe have been pretty popular in our house over the past few months and I thought this toy would be a fun addition to the boys’ play room. It comes from Mattel’s unsuccessful attempt to reintroduce the Masters franchise in the early 2000’s.

Although Mattel seemingly pulled out all the stops to get boys interested in the property (lots of toys, a new animated series), the company was unable to capture lightning in a bottle twice. By and large, kids did not go for this new update of He-Man. The endless variations of He-Man and Skeletor warmed the shelves of toy aisles, unpurchased, while the much harder-to-find ancillary heroes and villains were scalped for big bucks.

Collectors are still pretty into the line today, which is the other reasons why I thought a dollar and two quarters was a fine deal for this thing. This Battle Tank is missing the gun mount on the back and two projectile missiles, but otherwise it’s in perfect shape. Ditto the He-Man toy included, which still has his power sword.

At any rate, this will live in our “big boy toys” bin and Elliot and Henry will enjoy it.

Hunchback of Notre Dame trading cards (Skybox)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame always seemed like a boneheaded idea for Disney. Nothing about the Victor Hugo novel screamed “turn me into a 90 minute cartoon with anthropomorphic gargoyles!” While the flick does have gorgeous animation as well as some fine songs (The Bells of Notre Dame is a favorite of mine), this was a miss for Disney. I’ll always think of Hunchback as the movie which ended Disney’s glorious hot streak at the box office and their reemergence as a force in animation, stretching all the way back to 1989’s The Little Mermaid.

Anyhow, I paid $1 dollar for this very nice collection of trading cards. It looks to be a complete set

…with all the fun chase cards included. Here are some iron-ons.

I guess Skybox expected people to iron them all onto a white shirt? There’s also puzzle cards, cards that can be used to build a real Notre Dame cathedral, game cards, cards you can change into puppets…

This wasn’t exactly a collector’s set; these were trading cards meant for kids. To find them in such pristine condition was a surprise. The former owner of this set really took good care of the thing. I figured that was worth a dollar.

Old Cookbooks (for Ellen)

Ellen collects old cookbooks and she found these for fifty cents each, so $2 dollars for the lot. I thought I’d let her tell you why she picked these up herself:

Maybe it was the setting (in a church hall) or that the boys were actually behaving themselves, but I knew the vintage-cookbook-collecting gods were on my side when Chris held up The James Beard Cookbook. This is a book so thorough, but also so basic it actually gives instructions for how to boil water, a lesson I could have really used a few years ago. Beyond this gem, I found three other treasures; Another James Beard goodie, How to Eat Better for Less Money, which surely will never go out of style, a Larousse Gastronomique from 1961, and the book I’m most curious about is The Graham Kerr Cookbook by The Galloping Gourmet, “he cracks jokes as he cracks eggs”!

I think we paid fifty cents apiece for each book, $2 dollars for the lot!

summer journal comics: henry’s heroes

Posted in summer journal comics with tags , , , , , , , on May 31, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

I’ve talked about this before here, but I wanted to make sure I had it in a comic. Henry loves Masters of the Universe, the Fleischer Brothers/Famous Studios Superman cartoons, and recently he’s been watching a lot of old Spider-Man cartoons. Funnily enough, we don’t watch the Spidey cartoons form 1967; I find them to be pretty unwatchable. No, Henry (and Elliot) go in big for Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the cartoon series that aired on NBC in the Eighties.

I was too young for that one when it was originally on, but I’ve watched a couple of episodes with the boys and it’s not horrible. As a superhero comic book fan, I would have appreciated how many guest starts the show accommodated if I had seen it then. Via Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends, the boys are now fans of Thor, Captain America, and The X-Men. In particular, the show seems to be X-Men crazy, with a bunch of episodes focusing on them. I know Marvel had been trying like crazy to get an X-Men cartoon series off the ground at the time… perhaps this was their sneaky, backdoor way of getting the characters into cartoons.

(I should also point out, theme-wise, we’re only four comics into the summer and this is the SECOND strip about my kids watching old superhero cartoons. THEMES!)

thrift store finds: masters of the universe- time trouble

Posted in thrift store finds, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 11, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

The second Masters of the Universe book in this set is Time Trouble. Written by Roger McKenzie with art from Eduardo Barreto, this was published by Golden Books in 1983, a year after last week’s TSF, Caverns of Fear.

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thrift store finds: masters of the universe- caverns of fear

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , on February 4, 2012 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the books I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

For the next two weeks, we’re looking at a collection of children’s books featuring He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, published by Golden Books in the early 1980’s.

MotU was an early obsession of mine, hitting toy shelves and television screens just around the time I was old enough to appreciate such things. He-Man looms large in my mind as a show full of magic and adventure, but as with most things beloved in childhood, his televised adventures are best left to memory. Revisiting them as I did in this comic, a few years ago leads to diminishing returns.

Far more fun and interesting to me were the toys, which I collected and played with for years. These books recapture some of those memories for me.

I’ll look at one this week, and one next week. If you have no interest in Masters of the Universe, you may want to skip TSF for the next half-month.

The first book we’ll be looking at is Caverns of Fear, published in 1983, was written by Mary Carey with illustrations from Al McWilliams.

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thrift store finds: another round of rejects!

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2011 by Christopher Pearce

Let’s end the year with some rejected Thrift Store Finds. These are things I picked up at our local St. Vincent de Paul store which, for whatever reason, I couldn’t figure out a way to dedicate a whole entry to ’em.

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thrift store finds: he-man and the masters of the universe magazine

Posted in thrift store finds with tags , , , , , , , on November 13, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

(Thrift Store Finds is a mostly-weekly “column” of sorts where I discuss some of the cool books I’ve happened upon in my neighborhood St. Vincent DePaul store. Please don’t mistake me for an expert on any of the books I am writing about… I’m just a fan of a bargain.)

In this day and age, I imagine very few children’s toy properties rate their own magazines.

A cursory look over the magazine racks at our local supermarket bears me out on this- although there are a couple of kid-friendly properties like Star Wars and Star Trek, those are not specific enough to make me think those magazines are intended solely for children. When I was a kid, I subscribed to a few periodicals tailored specifically to my toyetic interests; offhand, I remember there being a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine that I got in the mail, as well as a Tiny Toons Magazine.

Often repositories for bad jokes, fan art, and the occasional nugget of news and information about your favorite toys, they were fun and I remember loving to get ’em in the mail… which is why I was pretty pleased to find this He-Man and the Masters of the Universe magazine in a stack of books our neighbor gave to Elliot a few days ago. You may remember Elliot enjoying our neighbor’s last gift, a paint-by-water She-Ra: Princess of Power book that I scanned a couple of pages of around this time last year.

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thrift store finds: more she-ra paint by water pictures

Posted in commentary with tags , , , , , on March 5, 2010 by Christopher Pearce

Continued from this post back in November, more paint-by-water pictures of the Princess of Power herself.

Courtesy of my son Elliot, here’s the Princess of Power herself:

…and my contribution, Double Trouble. Double Trouble never actually appeared in the She-Ra cartoon, I learned from this helpful Wikipedia page.

Apparently, she’s a good guy. I never would have guessed.

Last call on showing your support for the comic and my classroom through DonorsChoose! After today, I’m done asking for a loooong time. We’re only $55 dollars away from fulfilling one project!

thrift store finds: she-ra: princess of power paint-by-water

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on November 20, 2009 by Christopher Pearce

Our next-door neighbor is currently in the process of cleaning out his house. He’s taken a real shine to my son and every couple of days, he catches us outside and gives us some kind of toy or book he’s come across for Elliot to play with. A few weeks ago, he gave Elliot a bunch of Paint by Water books. I used to love these as a kid, but I haven’t seen them very much in recent years.

One of the fun things about these books is that they’re vintage 1980’s. Included in the collection are Disney’s The Fox and the Hound, Emmett Kelly (the sad creepy clown) and, much to my delight, She-Ra. Elliot and I painted a couple together when I was sick a few weeks ago.

Bow (who appears in both of these pictures) was sort of the Rhett Butler to She-Ra’s Scarlet O’Hara. I always thought his costume was unbelievable feminine, but I never knew that he shot arrows with HEART tips until we did these paintings together. Look at that. How unbelievably non-threatening! Especially when you consider that the OTHER side of a heart would make a perfect arrowtip! What was he thinking?!?!

…and the masters of the universe

Posted in commentary with tags , , , on October 16, 2009 by Christopher Pearce

Thanks to all who voted for my drawing in Poe Ghostal’s Points of Articulation He-Man contest. It looks like I won second place; a Masters of the Universe Classics Mer-Man action figure! Mer-Man was always my favorite of the He-Man villains because of his distinctive “gargling a big glass of water” voice the character had on the animated series.

Although it was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid, I haven’t decided whether or not I’m going to inflict He-Man on Elliot and the soon-to-be-arriving Baby #2. I rewatched some of the cartoon a few years ago and found it to be unbelievably bland… but the toys were neat, and I’m sure Elliot will appreciate this one.

Although it’s nothing to do with either teaching or journal comics, I thought I’d post my drawing for fun. All the entries to the contest were really terrific.